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Sport Leaders Put Victory Over Decency

by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Editor’s note: The following op-ed was published in USA Today on Sept. 17. Besides currently serving Missouri in the U.S. Senate, McCaskill is a former sex crimes prosecutor.

This week was a gut-check moment for big-time sports in this country. A giant mirror has been raised for commissioners, coaches and athletic directors across the country. It is their time to take a hard look at

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Capital Report: The 2014 Veto Session

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, the Missouri General Assembly convened the 2014 veto session. The constitutionally directed session provides the legislature the opportunity to override bills vetoed by the governor. Unlike regular session when a simple majority vote is enough to approve a bill, it takes a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers to overturn a veto. This means any measure that is ultimately overridden requires broad support,

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Capitol Report: Affordable Healthcare Act

U.S. Representative Sam Graves, the House Small Business Committee chairman, released the following statement last Friday after voting in favor of H.R. 3522, the Employee Healthcare Protection Act:

“We all remember President Obama’s promise that if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Unfortunately for the American people, this has turned out to be yet another in a long line of empty promises at

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Capitol Perspectives: He’s No Cato the Younger

by Phill Brooks

Unless he chooses to run for the state Senate in two years, the legislature’s recent veto session may mark the statehouse conclusion for one of the most politically collaborative lawmakers I’ve covered.

He’s Chris Kelly, Columbia’s long-term House Democrat and the legislature’s senior member. His impending departure has led me to think about the stark contrast between Kelly and ancient Rome’s Cato the Younger.

Kelly’s legislative career

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The President and Congress Should Work Together

On military intervention

by Lee H. Hamilton

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”

He’s right, of course. But that’s not the half

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Capital Report: The 2014 Veto Session – An Historic Event?

by State Sen. Brad Lager

On Wednesday of this week, the Missouri General Assembly will convene the 2014 veto session to consider overriding bills vetoed by the Governor. The bills up for veto consideration will begin the process in the chamber in which they originated (Senate or House) and will require a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers to be successfully overridden. This means that 23 of the 34 senators

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Capitol Perspectives: Ferguson, Police and Reporters

by Phill Brooks

Cops lobbing tear gas at reporters. Journalists handcuffed and arrested while trying to do their jobs. Reporters threatened while covering a story of international significance. A TV news crew having its camera shut down by police.

Those scenes from Ferguson portrayed an animosity to journalists by police that does not reflect my reporting experience in more than four decades working with law enforcement officials. Just the opposite.

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Law Enforcement Groups Join Coalition

in Support of Amendment 2

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Leading Missouri law enforcement groups have joined the coalition in support of Amendment 2, a change to the Missouri Constitution that will remove a loophole created by recent court decisions regarding the admissibility of evidence used to prosecute child sexual predators: Representatives of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, and the Missouri Sheriffs Association announced their

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2013-2014 Missouri Blue Book Available

You can order a copy of the current Missouri Official Manual (known as The Blue Book) from the Missouri Press Foundation. This 1,536-page hard-bound book includes detailed information on local, state and federal governments, as well as stories, essays and pictures that help preserve our state’s heritage. The cost is $24.99 per copy, plus shipping, and can be ordered by calling 573-449-4167 or visiting mopress.com. For more information visit http://www.sos.mo.gov/bluebook/2013-2014/.

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